Plan your meals and remain fit


After all the good food that I enjoyed during my holidays, I will have to go back on to a strict fitness regime I feel. I have been reading a lot about having small meals dotted through the day instead of three large ones and nutritionists have been expressing this opinion in one way or another. But does one have the time to plan and follow such a new routine? I always emphasize that following this is a matter of personal choice – the golden rule is that the meals should be balanced and well in tune with the time of the day. For example: Breakfast should have balanced proteins and carbohydrates. Lunch can be high protein and low in carbohydrates. Dinner can be high protein, low fat with minimal or no carbohydrates. But in most homes dinner is the heaviest meal of the day.

This sets my mind thinking and I suggest you look up some recipes on www.sanjeevkapoor.com that help you cook meals without oil. Yes, that helps to keep the calories in control and one can take a meal without oil especially the day following heavy eating. My recipes have been formulated specially and you can say they are not completely devoid of oil as all foods contain some trace of oil/fat: like poppy seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, peppercorns, sesame seeds and turmeric powder. And this takes care of the fat needed to maintain a healthy body. In favour of oil I do say that it is an integral part of most recipes because it not only removes the unpalatability of the dish, it also adds the needed softness as also flavour and nutrients. Our bodies do need fat not just for lubrication, but also for proper absorption of the fat-soluble precious vitamins and for energy.

Though our bodily functions operate at the optimum when they are lubricated well the naturally present oils meet these requirements. It is better to follow a diet that is minus the visible fat but healthy in essential proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

I will give you some ideas here.

Chilled Cucumber and Buttermilk Soup
Slimmer’s Salad in No Oil Dressing
Chholay Biryani

Till I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor.

Give importance to tadka

Came to know about the training session in office on food costings, analysis and its implications conducted by our COO Rajeev Matta. They have video recorded it and so I too will get a chance to brush up. In fact, with the rising food prices, all these mathematics become important and carry a lot of weight when you have to make business decisions. Like the wise say, knowledge is important, you never know when you might need it!

I have met up with a couple of Spanish chefs and they were curious about the Indian method of tempering the food. Well, did you know that whenever we fry seeds and pulses in oil and add to cooked food, what happens exactly?



Apart from the distinctive flavour it imparts, tempering has many healthful aspects to it. First, essential fatty acids have to be supplied by the diet because the body cannot synthesize them. Fats used in tempering, particularly the vegetable oils, contain these fatty acids, as do ingredients like mustard seeds, cumin seeds and black gram dal. Besides, the vitamin A, D, E and K, found in foods like green leafy vegetables, carrots and cauliflower, are soluble in fat, and can only be released and utilized if some fat is also available at the same time. Tempering meets this requirement too. The carotene in curry leaves is also automatically transferred by this process. Many vegetable oils used in tempering are, additionally, rich in vitamin E. Further while pungency is associated with mustard, few are aware that this results only when mustard seeds are ground with water or vinegar. In hot oil, mustard seeds taste unquestionable nutty.



All this talk has transported me back home, and I can actually visualise garma garam ghar ka khana!


Am missing



Punjabi Kadhi

Khandvi

Gujarati Kadhi….all these taste better with appropriate tadka.



Till I write again

Sanjeev Kapoor.

Tune in for June

When in Spain do as the Spanish do…watched a bull fight and I can say it was a new experience. Yesterday went in relaxing at the hotel, having our meals there. Tomorrow booked for dinner in Roca, 3- Michelin star restaurant and I believe they have an extensive set menu.

Back in Mumbai, new book My Mother’s Kitchen is going to press. June will be fun packed for the fans of www.sanjeevkapoor.com for there are special features on ice creams, tiffins and cooking for unexpected guests. That, in short, means loads of new recipes and happy cooking.

Rest, they say all is well at home, except for the day time temperature. That gets me to tell you some recipes that I personally enjoy when the Mumbai heat gets to me.

Try….Chilli Lemon Stewed Vegetables with Noodles, Celery Cucumber Medley, Rose Sandesh

Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor.

Wonderful food, great scenery

Being on holiday does gives one permission to binge on food! We had lunch at a fancy restaurant called Can Fabes at Sant Celoni in Catalonia. A good 45- minute drive from our hotel. Grand and lovely seven course lunch (maybe there were more!). Alyona and I could do justice but not the kids. Can Fabes is recipient of 3 Michelin stars. We enjoyed some ravioli and pea soup. Kriti has every reason to burn off all the extra calories with her training that followed in the evening. It was a different venue called Calella (locals call it ‘Caleya’), a seaside town that has an ancient lighthouse overlooking it. Alyona commented she was transported to her Enid Blyton stories looking at the lighthouse!

We were a big bunch of people as there are other kids too training with Kriti and the twelve of us, kids and parents, drove down in a bus. Lovely scenes, lush green, along the way.

Saturday night we finally got the tickets for the famous Spanish Flamenco Show at the Castello Medival. Colourful to say the least…and very energetic dance sequences.
First they had some horse show and fights that were true Hindi movie style, a live band came on to play and last of all the Flamenco Show. As tomorrow Kriti does not have training, so going to Roses ( a place which is about 1 hour from here). We have a hired car and will drive down, lunch at a restaurant and maybe a bit of shopping…

Try some pasta and soup and be with us!

Mushroom and Cheese Ravioli
Minted Green Peas Soup with Corn Pearls
Gazpacho

Sanjeev Kapoor
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ICSE result celebrations here too!

Very proud of Rachita, our elder daughter, for her 93 percent in ICSE 10th board exams. We are in a celebratory mood! It has enhanced our purpose of vacation in Spain.



Started the day with a good breakfast at La Escala, a restaurant in Hotel Empuries. Quite a drive from where we are staying but worth it…a lovely place by the coast and we had the invitation from the chef so got really good treatment.



Kriti, our younger one, is busy with her sports practice, sometimes having morning trainings on the beach that gives us a wonderful excuse to start the day early with a walk along the sea. We are also slipping in some tours of the market while she has her evening practice.

Booked for lunch at a restaurant called Roca, which is Number 3 in the world. Otherwise, we are doing exactly what the kids demand: laze around with them, swim, play cards..be free.



Staff back in office are still in celebration mood. All have planned to go for a newly released movie tomorrow bunking half-day! They are going to make life hell for others sitting in the same theatre. Being in group encourages the devil in you.



I would love to share paella with you. Here goes:



Paella

Egg white omelette

Lemon Pudding



Till I write again

Sanjeev Kapoor

Loving the colour blue


Hola! I am learning to like the blue colour for here in beautiful Lloret de mar, Spain the sky is a blue colour that is clean and unmarred and the sea is a blue colour that sparkles and beckons tourists to come in for some water sports! Wish I was here a few weeks earlier and could have attended the Rice Gastronomic Festival that had 33 hotels participating – all with new dishes of rice for the gastronomes….

Very active place and those who love water sports have so much to do : water skiing, sailing, snorkelling, diving…and then water parks and fun parks for those who care for adventure on a moderate level! I heard someone talk about mountain biking and that sounds interesting…anyway, the scenery is unique and I am so glad we came here.

Missing home food? Not yet, but will soon! So let me give you what I look forward to when I get back…

Rajma Rasmisa
Gujarati Kadhi
Masala Dosa

Hasta leugo
Sanjeev Kapoor

Time for Celebration

On Saturday the scotching heat of the sun did not seem to bother the Spice Routers. I am on holiday with my family in Spain and missed out on all the action, fun and excitement of the BCL tournament.

Rajeev Matta (COO) was there with entire team from our office to cheer the team. Rajeev participated actively in the commentary box and was accompanied by his wife, son and daughter to cheer the team. The semi-finals was against the LEONS and we won the match comfortably and were off to the finals. The final was played in the evening and the team geared up for it in the break.

The final was against Print Services and we did well by restricting them to 57 runs in 10 overs. They could clear the boundary only twice in the entire inning! Bowling and fielding were superb.

Shashi played his natural game again giving a very good start. Two consecutive sixes were enough to accelerate the innings. Saurabh was a cool anchor. Captain Pawan played a powerful innings and we reached our goal sooner then required with more than two overs to spare. On the whole it was an entertaining Saturday! Sashi was also awarded the Man of the series and Hurray! We won the trophy.

With all this celebration mood, how about trying some sporting, powerplay recipes like Mango and Banana Milk Shake with Mixed Fruits, Baked Chicken Sausages and beat the heat with coolers like Iced Tea, Mango Magarita

Till I write again,

Sanjeev Kapoor